Cervical Cancer Overview

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Survival rates for cancer of the cervix

Some people with cancer may want to know the survival rates for their type of cancer. Others may not find the numbers helpful, or may even not want to know them. If you do not want to know them, stop reading here and skip to the next section.

The 5-year survival rate refers to the percent of patients who live at least 5 years after their cancer is found. Many of these patients live much longer than 5 years. Also, these rates look at deaths from any cause. People with cancer may die from things other than cancer, and these rates don’t take that into account.

In order to get 5-year survival rates, doctors have to look at people who were treated at least 5 years ago. Better treatments since then may mean a better outlook for people now found to have cervical cancer.

The numbers below come from the National Cancer Data Base as published in the 7th edition of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, and are based on people diagnosed between 2000 and 2002.

    Stage

    5-Year
    Observed Survival Rate

    0

    93%

    IA

    93%

    IB

    80%

    IIA

    63%

    IIB

    58%

    IIIA

    35%

    IIIB

    32%

    IVA

    16%

    IVB

    15%

These numbers provide an overall picture, but keep in mind that every person's situation is unique and the statistics can't predict exactly what will happen in your case. Talk with your cancer care team if you have questions about your own chances of a cure, or how long you might survive your cancer. They know your situation best.


Last Medical Review: 04/24/2013
Last Revised: 01/31/2014